Profiles of key trainers

Profiles of key trainers

Alain RioAlain (manager & French teacher)

Before creating « HVF », I accumulated 10 years of international experience as a French as a Foreign Language teacher in different educational institutions on the island of Saint Salvador in the Bahamas and in the prestigious universities of the city of Hermosillo in Mexico.

I was also called upon to teach subjects related to Law (International negotiation, globalisation and integration, International panorama) as my initial training was in tax law.

Since 2009, or a year after returning to France with my family, I have been working as a French as a foreign language teacher with populations of Non-French speakers in Limoges (Culture Alpha association, the University of Limoges, LH87, Firmen Roz secondary school) but also in Bellac (Easyfrench) where I had the privilege of teaching for 6 years.

Incidentally, I was also called to teach English (Easyfrench), Communication and job search technics and Communication. (AFPI Limousin)

Having a very good level myself in Spanish and English, as well as having formed a large network of friends and professional contacts in the past few years, I can offer support or lessons in both these foreign languages as well as high quality translations.


Diplomas :

DESS in Applied Taxation – University of Paris V (1989)
DAEFLE – Alliance Française de Paris (2001)
Master 1 of FLE (French as a Foreign Language) – University Stendhal Grenoble III (2012)
DELF and TCF examiner


Stéphanie (French teacher)

My name is Stéphanie Laporte. I’m 36 years old and I’ve been living in Limousin for the past 10 years.

In order to become a teacher of French as a foreign language, I firstly studied English (language, literature and culture), then modern French language and literature before finally obtaining a Masters in FLE (French as a Foreign Language).

I started my professional life in Grenoble teaching French in a “classe d’acceuil” for people on their first arrival in France. I then moved to Romania where I taught in a bilingual school before relocating to Treignac in Corrèze where I worked there for 7 years again teaching young people in a “classe d’acceuil”and later taught in a lycée. I also worked with adults and children in Soudaine, Uzerche and Tulle. During this time I also taught French to private individuals and worked with groups of retired British people and other overseas nationals.

Since March 2018 I’ve been working with Alan Rio of Haute Vienne Formations, teaching FLE online to mainly British people, both working and retired, living in France. I particularly enjoy the challenge of tailoring my lessons to suit the specific needs and aims of each of my pupils.

My interests include travel, reading and cultural pursuits. I am also interested in sociology and very much enjoy integrating with people of different nationalities and to teaching them French.


Hello everyone, je suis Aurélie et je suis française, originaire du Nord-est .

I am a qualified French teacher since 2011 with a first year of master degree: literature, humanities, (specialization French for foreign people). In 2018 I got my second year of the master degree: sciences of languages (specialization: multiculturalism, plurilinguisme and training engineer )

Before teaching I was a social worker and I used to work in the education area for many years.
I have been teaching online (private and group classes from A1 to C2 level) since 2014. I really enjoy doing this because it is very flexible and we can use a lot of interesting online materials.
I lived in Belgium, Ecuador and Colombia for the past 10 years. Since July 2020 I am back to France.
I taught in different universities in Ecuador and I  also gave private courses.
I really love teaching French and speaking about the differences between cultures and points of view. My challenge is to adapt the courses to your specific needs and aims. Your progresses and your comprehension are the most important. We will follow the specific requirements of the The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
I always try to find new tips and websites for my students.  🙂
I  look forward to seeing you soon.
Luc MANFRINI (French teacher)
Born in the Paris region nearly 50 years ago, and after starting my career in the tourism sector, I returned by a circuitous route to my original interests: to teach, convey, share…
I had no idea then of the diversity of this job, or its complexity .. but, above all, the constant personal enrichment that it brings me.

I have worked in Paris and Bordeaux, from Stockholm to Amsterdam, and from La Rochelle to Limoges, where I have now been living for 7 years.

As Alain Rio’s colleague for some years, we have developed not only a professional relationship but also a friendship, and this has led me to take part in the HVF adventure, at his invitation!
I hope to be up to the task, bringing to all of you my skills and enthusiasm, and also to share other life stories, which I hope you will find enriching in the weeks and months to come…

And, of course, help you to progress in our beautiful French language!See you soon!



Originally from the Caribbean, I developed a taste for sharing, discovery and adventure very early on.
This is the reason why I turned to teaching and more precisely to teaching French as a foreign language.
This allowed me to work abroad (UK & Estonia) but also to get to know many different cultures thanks to the different trainees.
As a polyglot, I understand well the difficulties of learning a foreign language. This is why I favour a communicative and playful approach.
I like to use the learners’ experiences and/or habits to illustrate grammar points, which makes it easier for them to visualise how the language works and thus retain it and appropriate it more quickly.
I like music, cinema and sport (with a preference for football).
It is with great pleasure that I would like to help you discover and appreciate my world during dynamic and varied lessons.
I look forward to having you in class.


Nora VILLAVICENCIO (Spanish trainer)

I was born in Mexico, where I lived for 40 years. There I evolved professionally as a newspaper editor and Spanish teacher in several educational levels (from college to university).

When I arrived in France in 2008, I held several positions as a teacher of Spanish as a second language in secondary schools in the department. I have also worked as a children’s facilitator in Spanish workshops, but my main activity is working as a Spanish teacher for groups of adults or in the context of individual professional Spanish lessons.

My experience as a newcomer in a foreign country, without mastering the host language, has helped me to be more precise about the needs of a person who is trying to communicate and get by as quickly as possible. I also believe that each person has different learning rhythms and styles which I need to be aware of in order to respond specifically to them.

Diplomas :

Communication degree (2000) – Universidad de Sonora

Master 1 in Education – 2006 – Universidad Pedagógica Nacional


Louise VELLENOWETH (English trainer)

My name is Louise and I am English. I have lived in France since 2010 when I bought a house to renovate.

I started working as an English trainer in 2012 thanks to my former French teacher who wanted to offer English as well as French courses in her organisation (Easyfrench at BELLAC). My professional background in the UK was in the corporate sector (marketing, advertising and communications) in London and New York.

In the beginning I mainly worked with job-seekers (registered with Pole Emploi) who needed to improve their English in order to find a job. They all had different levels of English (from none to experienced). Currently I work with business professionals who want to learn and improve their English. I work for various organisations (Chamber of commerce and industry among others).

My aim is to encourage you to speak without stress, to help you feel more comfortable and confident an any situation. I aim to give you all the basics you need to improve your command of the language to the level you want to reach. All this is done in a relaxed, even fun environment. Lessons are prepared for you according to your level and your objectives, including preparation for the TOIEC, TOIEC Bridge, BULATS etc. exams.


Christine VIGNAL (trainer in German and French)

I am Christine VIGNAL, Franco-German, born in Germany and bilingual (trilingual with English! Although I don’t have a perfect command of the language of Shakespeare).
After my studies I started my professional life in international companies, where I worked with many people from different backgrounds, but where I used English much more than German.
After 15 years I decided to change my career and went back to school. I missed the German language and culture on a daily basis. This is how, at the age of 40, I managed to complete a Master 2 in Education Sciences “Germanic course” (now Master 2 MEEF) and was also admitted to the CAPES (2014) and the Agrégation (2016) in German.
After an experience in the French Education system (Lycées Louis Le Grand and Turgot in Paris), I decided to focus on adult education, and since 2017 I have been a trainer in German and French for employees in companies and individuals who want to learn privately.
Today, I intend to continue in this way, as I am so passionate about this profession. Germany, its language and its culture are part of my passions, without forgetting the other German-speaking countries of course!
Bis bald!

V 009 of 2nd July 2022